Hebrews 12:12
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New International Version
Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.

New Living Translation
So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.

English Standard Version
Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,

New American Standard Bible
Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,

King James Bible
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees,

International Standard Version
Therefore, strengthen your tired arms and your weak knees,

NET Bible
Therefore, strengthen your listless hands and your weak knees,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore strengthen your hands and set your shaky knees firmly.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Strengthen your tired arms and weak knees.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

American King James Version
Why lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

American Standard Version
Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the palsied knees;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the failing knees;

English Revised Version
Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the palsied knees;

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore strengthen the drooping hands and paralysed knees,

World English Bible
Therefore, lift up the hands that hang down and the feeble knees,

Young's Literal Translation
Wherefore, the hanging-down hands and the loosened knees set ye up;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:12-17 A burden of affliction is apt to make the Christian's hands hang down, and his knees grow feeble, to dispirit him and discourage him; but against this he must strive, that he may better run his spiritual race and course. Faith and patience enable believers to follow peace and holiness, as a man follows his calling constantly, diligently, and with pleasure. Peace with men, of all sects and parties, will be favourable to our pursuit of holiness. But peace and holiness go together; there can be not right peace without holiness. Where persons fail of having the true grace of God, corruption will prevail and break forth; beware lest any unmortified lust in the heart, which seems to be dead, should spring up, to trouble and disturb the whole body. Falling away from Christ is the fruit of preferring the delights of the flesh, to the blessing of God, and the heavenly inheritance, as Esau did. But sinners will not always have such mean thoughts of the Divine blessing and inheritance as they now have. It agrees with the profane man's disposition, to desire the blessing, yet to despise the means whereby the blessing is to be gained. But God will neither sever the means from the blessing, nor join the blessing with the satisfying of man's lusts. God's mercy and blessing were never sought carefully and not obtained.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - Wherefore lift up (for, straighten anew) the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees (rather, the relaxed hands and the loosened or enfeebled knees). The word παραλελυμένα is used only by St. Luke elsewhere in the New Testament, and with reference to persons paralyzed (Luke 5:18, 24; Acts 8:7; Acts 9:33). The form of the exhortation is taken from Isaiah 35:3, 'Ἰσχύσατε χεῖρες ἀνειμέναι καὶ γόνατα παραλελυμένα. The figure of the palaestra is thus again brought into view, with reference both to boxing and running.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

These words may be considered as spoken to the Hebrews, with respect to themselves; accordingly, the Syriac version reads, "your hands", and "your knees"; who were sluggish, and inactive in prayer, in hearing the word, in attendance on ordinances, in holding fast their profession, and in the performance of those things which adorn it; they were weary and fatigued with weights and burdens of sins and afflictions; and were faint, fearful, and timorous, through distrust of the promised good, because of their persecutions, being in present distress, and in a view of approaching danger, with which they might be surprised, as well as affected with their present afflictions: and then the exhortation to "lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees", is to be active in every duty; to be courageous against every enemy: to bear patiently every burden; to take heart, and be of good cheer under every afflictive providence: or else they may be considered as an exhortation to them with respect to others, which seems to be most agreeable to Isaiah 35:3 from whence they are taken; and then what is signified in them is done by sympathizing with persons in distress; by speaking comfortably to them, and by bearing their burdens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. He addresses them as runners in a race, and pugilists, and warriors [Chrysostom]. The "wherefore" is resumed from Heb 12:1.

lift up—In Isa 35:3, from which Paul here quotes, it is, "Strengthen ye the weak hands." The hand is the symbol of one's strength. Alford translates, "Put straight again the relaxed hands." English Version expresses the sense well.

feeble—literally, "paralyzed"; a word used only by Luke, Paul's companion, in the New Testament. The exhortation has three parts: the first relates to ourselves, Heb 12:12, 13; the second, to others, Heb 12:14, "peace with all men"; the third, to God, "holiness, without which," &c. The first is referred to in Heb 12:15, "test any man fail of the grace of God"; the second in the words, "lest any root of bitterness," &c.; the third in Heb 12:16, "Lest there be any fornicator or profane person," &c. This threefold relation often occurs in Paul's Epistles. Compare Note, see on [2596]Tit 2:12, "soberly, righteously, and godly." The Greek active verb, not the middle or reflexive, requires the sense to be, Lift up not only your own hands and knees, but also those of your brethren (compare Heb 12:15; Isa 35:4).

Hebrews 12:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
God Disciplines His Sons
11All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. 12Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.
Cross References
Psalm 109:24
My knees give way from fasting; my body is thin and gaunt.

Isaiah 35:3
Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way;

Ezekiel 7:17
Every hand will go limp; every leg will be wet with urine.

Zephaniah 3:16
On that day they will say to Jerusalem, "Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.
Treasury of Scripture

Why lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

Hebrews 12:3,5 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against …

Job 4:3,4 Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands…

Isaiah 35:3 Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.

Ezekiel 7:17 All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water.

Ezekiel 21:7 And it shall be, when they say to you, Why sigh you? that you shall …

Daniel 5:6 Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled …

Nahum 2:10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melts, and the knees …

1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brothers, warn them that are unruly, comfort the …

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